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Considering a new deck

Considering a new deck? Peter Jeswald's handy volume offers loads of design and material ideas

With springtime here, it's time to head outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. And what better place to do that than on adeck overlooking the yard? If you have a deck you love, great. But if your deck is need of a makeover or if you're considering building a new one, I can't think of a better place to start than Deck Ideas That Work, by Peter Jeswald (Taunton Press). Read on for tips from the book about deck design, materials, lighting and more.

Extra living room. Decks are great options for creating much-needed living space for older, smaller homes. With an overhead structure and some furniture, a deck greatly extends the home's living space.

And don't stop there. Decks can be great places to enjoy family movie night; outdoor dining, cooking and entertaining; a soak in a hot tub; or a special retreat for some quiet outdoor time. It all starts with making a wish list that defines your goals.